Prime Minister Announces Conditions for Acquisition of Bahraini Nationality for Foreign Ships

Bahrain – Akhbar Al-Khaleej

In the Official Gazzette dated 26 January 2017, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has issued Decree no. 3 (2017), concerning the terms and conditions for granting Bahraini nationality to foreign ships.

Article I. Without prejudice to the provisions of Article II of the Maritime Law issued by Legislative Decree No. 23 (1982), it is permissible for the Minister of Transport and Communications to grant Bahraini nationality to ships owned by non-Bahrainis provided that they meet the following terms and conditions:

(1) That the age of the vessel does not exceed 20 years at the time of its request to be registered in the records of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
(2) That the gross tonnage of the vessel is not less than 3,000 tons, and that it is self-propelled.
(3) That the vessel be classified with one of the classification societies belonging to the International Association of Classification Societies, or with one of the classification societies recognised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
(4) That the vessel not be restricted by the blacklist of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for inspection and control of ships in any region of the world.
(5) That the operator of the vessel has obtained a certificate of compliance in accordance with the International Code of Safety Management.
(6) That the company owning the vessel be in good financial standing.
(7) That the company owning the vessel have a legal representative in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
(8) That the company owning the vessel was founded in a country which has diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain, and that that country not be under economic sanction from the international community.
(9) That the approval of the Bahraini Defence Force and the Interior Ministry to grant Bahraini nationality to foreign vessels is obtained. The Minister may not grant Bahraini nationality to foreign vessels owned by persons or companies belonging to states which are not friendly to the Kingdom, or do not have diplomatic relations with the Kingdom, or are in unfriendly relations with it or one of the Arab countries, except after approval of the Council of Ministers.

Article II. The Minister of Transport and Communications will implement this resolution, which takes effect from the day following the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.


Translated by Conor Fagan

Original article found here.

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